Officials from Landfill Management Company and Granger have launched a gas-to-energy generating plant that will provide green energy to homes and businesses in Michigan.
“Landfills have long been valuable resources as safe repositories for the waste we all generate,” said Granger CEO Keith Granger in a statement to media. “Now, they are an even greater resource as we tap into the energy potential of trash. Granger is proud to be a leader in collecting tomorrow’s energy.”
In May 2012, ground was broken for this landfill gas-to-electricity project. The development of the Orchard Hill Generating Station is now complete, with a generating capacity of 3.2 megawatts of electricity, which is being sold via Michigan Public Power Agency.
The naturally occurring gas in landfills is comprised of about 50 percent methane, which has about half the Btu value of natural gas. Landfill gas is captured through a perforated well pipe and pipe gathering system. The gas is pulled from the landfill into the generating station, processed and used as a fuel source for engine generator sets. The engine generators create electricity, which is then distributed to the utility grid.
The annual reduction of greenhouse gases attributable to this project is approximately the same as emissions from more than 26,504 passenger vehicles, the carbon dioxide emissions from nearly 15,153,577 gallons of gasoline consumed or the carbon sequestered by more than 28,821 acres of pine or fir forests. In addition, annual energy savings equate to powering nearly 2,000 average homes.
Granger is a leader in the development of renewable energy projects and has been since 1985. A third generation, family-owned and operated business based in Lansing, Mich., Granger has gained national recognition for its landfill gas-to-energy projects from leaders in the field, state agencies and the U.S. EPA. Granger has been a landfill owner and operator for nearly 40 years,